1. Jung’s compensatory dream: Realized something was not right in relationship with a female patient. Decided to raise the issue in next therapy session. That night dreamt he was in a valley looking high up at a woman in a castle. He woke with a crick in his neck from looking up. “If in the dream I had to look up at the patient in this fashion, in reality I had probably been looking down on her. Dreams are, after all, compensations for the conscious attitude.” When he shared the dream and interpretation, there was an immediate positive change in the therapeutic relationship. 2. Hour-long vision of an ocean of blood rushing over the Alps and drowning all of Western civilization. Series of dreams in which an Arctic cold wave descended upon Europe, killing all life. These were a year before the war broke out in 1914.
Why Do We Sleep? And what the cuss are dreams for?
Breaking point was Jung’s belief in archetypal symbols
1909 trip to Clark University in the U.S. to receive honorary degrees
They share dreams on the steamship trip across the Atlantic
Jung’s dream: Finds himself in second story of a house which he feels is his house; going down to ground floor, he sees medieval furniture and decorations. He then follows a stone stairway down to the cellar, which turns out to be from ancient Rome. Finds a stone slab in the floor, opens it, and descends into a dark cave strewn with bones and the remains of a primitive culture. On the dusty floor of the case, he sees two human skulls, very old and half disintegrated.
Freud saw this dream as a primitive death wish against Jung’s parents
Jung saw the dream as a structural diagram of the human psyche, showing a collective unconscious below the personal unconscious